CCI, through Industry Connect, has a long and successful history of working with major companies and many thousands of local businesses providing opportunities to win work on Western Australia’s major projects.
In particular, Chevron Australia has a proven track record of providing opportunities for local businesses with more than AU$ 40 billion in contracts awarded to Australian companies and 17 000 jobs created across Australia.
Deidre Willmott, CCI’s CEO, said: “CCI works closely with major proponents to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunity for local companies to secure work.
“We have been working closely with Chevron Australia since early on in the procurement process for both the Wheatstone and Gorgon [LNG] Projects, to help identify local companies that have the capacity to bid for packages of work.
“CCI has also been working with Chevron Australia to train the next wave of oil and gas workers, providing opportunities for Western Australians to develop a career in the sector. Hundreds of apprentices and trainees are supporting the Chevron-led Wheatstone and Gorgon Projects,” Ms Willmott said.
Investment “lying in the balance”
CCI’s recently published paper State of the Future: A vision for WA, observes that if Western Australia is to see strong growth and investment in resources continue, there must be a focus on remaining competitive.
Ms Willmott said calls by unions for a parliamentary inquiry into the Gorgon Project were “nothing more than an industrial beat-up and a political campaign filled with self-interest.
“Unions should be doing their part to help keep the industry competitive, not making it harder, by singling out one project that continues to inject billions in this State.”
Ms Willmott said if unions were serious about the next wave of job opportunities, they would be doing their part to help keep costs competitive.“Competition from other countries is real – and the unions’ actions are making major investors and company boards look elsewhere leaving AU$ 100 billion in investment lying in the balance for Australia,” said Ms Willmott.
“It is in all of our interests to make sure the investment comes to Western Australia ahead of Africa or North America.
“It would be better use of union resources and in their members’ long term interests if they were more attuned to making sure Western Australia benefits from a potential next wave of investment in the oil and gas sector,” Ms Willmott concluded.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/15092014/unions-putting-lng-projects-at-risk-in-western-australia-1410/